The Supreme Court has directed a Maharashtra-based medical college to pay Rs. 20 lakh as the penalty to each of the 19 meritorious students who were “illegally” and “wrongly” denied admission by it six years ago. The top court asked the college to deposit the money in three months with the Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS), a body constituted by the state government to oversee and regulate admissions in medical colleges.
Considering the fact that the college has agreed to pay the penalty to the students, the judges set aside an earlier March 27 judgement by the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court which sought to withdraw the institution’s recognition.
The bench said, “As the college has shown the gesture of making payment of penalty to the 19 students, who were deprived of admission, considering the fact that several years have passed and a large number of students have passed out and are undertaking instructions in the college, it would not be appropriate in the facts of the case that once monetary penalty has been imposed to withdraw the recognition… And to dis-affiliate the appellant college.”
The meritorious students who were denied admission had complained to the collector, PNS, and other authorities who are concerned about such irregularities and had even approached the High Court.
On March 27, the Bombay High Court held that the college had “wrongly and illegally denied admissions to 19 meritorious students and instead took admissions of less meritorious students for profiteering”. Moreover, it also found that the college even violated the set procedure and calendar fixed by PNS for admission of students to MBBS and BDS courses.
In its judgement, the court directed the institution to not only pay Rs 20 lakh to each of the 19 students but called for the cancellation of admissions of less meritorious students, and derecognition of the college as well. The Supreme Court judgement comes after the college challenged the above-mentioned order of the high court.
Additionally, the top court also set aside the high court’s order of cancelling the admissions of the less meritorious students who were offered admission in place of those who deserved it.